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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Facebook group takes credit for Sunday alcohol bill push

Camie Young

Camie Young

Was it social media that finally “uncorked” the long-awaited Sunday sales bill that was all but dead in the General Assembly?

In a press release, some Snellville business owners and residents are taking credit for part of the last-minute push that led to the Senate’s passage of the bill on Crossover Day last week.

Snellville’s Jamie Dempsey formed Georgians for Sunday Alcohol Sales, a Facebook group that grew to 6,400 people. The group encouraged members to talk to their representatives and educated people about the issue.

Dempsey was one of the leaders who fought to bring liquor-by-the-drink to Snellville last year.

According to a press release, many of the group’s members showed up at the Capitol on Wednesday with fliers from the web page.

County GOP convention results

Bruce LeVell has been re-elected as chairman of the Gwinnett County Republican Party.

LeVell was chosen by a vote of more than 250 delegates at the county convention a week ago.

“I am honored by the trust that my fellow Republicans have placed in me to lead this party into the 2012 presidential election, one of the most important of our lifetimes,” said LeVell, who was first elected to the post to fill an unexpired term in May 2010. “We will work as a team to maintain the momentum we gained in 2010 throughout Gwinnett, as we battle to defeat the liberal machine and its hold on the presidency.”

Gov. Nathan Deal and U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall attended the convention.

Others elected to posts include: 1st Vice Chairman Chet Hale, 2nd Vice Chairman John Richards, Secretary Travis Bowden, Treasurer Rose Magoon, Member at Large Post 1 Scott Haggard, Member at Large Post 2 Kevin Do, District 1 Manager Heather Alvarez, District 2 Manager Emily Knight, District 3 Manager Jef Fincher, District 4 Manager Garry Rhodes, District 5 Manager Gloria DiMaggio Tow, as well as delegates and alternates to April’s 4th and 7th Congressional District conventions and the state convention in May.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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